Knowing how much I love collecting pretty little knickknacks, a friend gifted this lovely vase to me sometime ago; it goes very well with the colour scheme of our living room. I love its slender shape but the only problem with it is that the base is very small and narrow, compared to its height, which makes it an ideal ‘candidate’ to be put in ‘Highly Fragile’ category. A slightest nudge can knock it off-balance and I do have two ‘free electrons’ who are capable of giving it more than a nudge! Hence, I have been very careful with where I place it; so far I have always placed it against a wall, contemplating the probability of its fall and assuming it would have some possibility of surviving! It’s been sitting on a higher ground, against a wall, next to our TV. It doubles as a camouflaging agent, to hide away the unsightly wires, ports and conduits on the side of the TV. It has been a safe spot so far, definitely safe from a nudge, blow, push, slam or trip! Last night while watching TV, I realized the holes in the vase’s design would reflect light beautifully.
What followed next was a quest to DIY a vase into a lamp, by thinking of ways to fit in a bulb! It wasn’t meant to be… its mouth is so narrow. But the idea kind of stuck in my head, I had to figure out a way to convert it into a lamp…but how? Trying to concentrate between Castle’s histrionics (I love that guy!) and Kate Beckett’s level headedness I continued brainstorming and by the end of the serial I knew what I had to do, just like Castle always figures out in the end! Before I reveal how I did it, here is a glimpse of some before & after pictures of my project- ‘DIY- A Vase into a Lamp!’
All I needed was a string of Diwali lights (fairy lights) and my tool kit! I removed the two-pin plug from the string lights and dropped that side of the string into the vase through the mouth of the vase.
With some probing and manipulating I got that side of the string light out from one of the holes along the base of the vase (my tools were my eye brow tweezers and a crochet hook!). I reattached the two-pin plug and dropped rest of the fairy lights string into the vase, pushing it down using a pencil… rest is before your eyes!
My zero expenditure Vase Lamp!
Light pours out beautifully… I love the effect it creates! What say?
You can pull off something similar with glass bottles, jars, gold fish bowl etc. Have you tried making lamps out of unusual things? Do share your ideas!
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